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Merle F. Pannhoff
Melvin Lars Myklestad
Jeanette D. Friend
John R. Angle
Georgia Diesburg
Jeffrey Alan Roe
Charles E. “Chuck” Westendorf
Ruth Louise Toppin
Julie Ann Hayden Traub
Harold Louis Bartling
Ervin D. Jaspersen


Friday, October 2, 2009

Merle F. Pannhoff, 79, of 1601 9th Street Southwest, Mason City, died Friday, Oct. 2, 2009 at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City.
    A funeral service was held Monday, Oct. 5, at the United Methodist Church, Ventura, with Pastor Rhoda Preston and Pastor Ed Bard officiating.  Burial was at Elmwood St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City.
    Memorials may be directed to Hospice of North Iowa.
    Merle was born June 1, 1930, the son of John and Annie (Heginger) Pannhoff in rural Hancock County, Iowa.  He attended country school and Ventura High School.  Merle married Ruth (Beaver) on Feb. 9, 1951 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa, and to this union three children were born.  Merle was a farmer most of his life from 1951-1992.
    Merle was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ventura and served on the County Extension Services Board.
    He is survived by his wife, Ruth, Mason City; his children, Terry (Vicki) Pannhoff, Owasso, Okla., Gene (Julie) Pannhoff, Mason City and Janita (Patrick) Cavanaugh, Stockton, Calif.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his brother, Raymond (Lorena) Pannhoff; his sister, Mary (Curtis) Clark; his sister-in-law, Marlene Kester, and numerous nieces and nephews.
    Merle was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Lyle, Dean and Kenneth and Arlene Lovik.
    Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.



Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Melvin Lars Myklestad, 91, of Garner, Iowa died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009 at the Hospice Care Inc., Madison, Wis.
    Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Jeff Ungs officiating. Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, Iowa.
    Melvin was born in rural Emmons, Minn., the son of Lars and Velma (McDowell) Myklestad.  He attended Forest City Schools.
    He farmed with his father until he married Iva Viola Johnson on Dec. 21, 1942.  They lived on a farm south of Ventura and later moved into Ventura where he worked for the Ventura Elevator.  After retiring from the elevator they moved to their present home in Garner.
    He is survived by his son, Ronald Myklestad and his wife, Jessica, Prescott, Az.; a daughter, Janice Snater and her husband, Ron, Madison, Wis.; two grandchildren, Chad Snater, Gainesville, Fla. and Joshua Snater, Madison, Wis.; and one sister, Gladys Baker, Clear Lake.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a sister, Beulah Rothamel; and a brother, Allen Myklestad.


Monday, October 12, 2009

    Jeanette D. Friend, 84, of Mason City, Iowa died Monday, Oct. 12, 2009 at Good Shepherd Health Center, Mason City.
    Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 16, at Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St NE, Mason City, with the Rev. Dennis Ganz, officiating.  Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Nora Springs, Iowa.
    Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, and one hour prior to services Friday morning.
    Memorials may be made to Hospice of North Iowa or the donor’s choice.
    Jeanette D. Friend was born Aug. 21, 1925 at Hansell, Iowa, a daughter of John W. and Lucille H. (Dodd) Davis.  She was united in marriage to Lyle D. Moore on May 23, 1942, Missouri.
    Jeanette attended school at Hansell and Rock Falls, Iowa.  As a freshman, Jeanette played forward on the 1940 Hansell High School State Championship basketball team. In a packed Drake Fieldhouse, 7,000 fans saw Hansell defeat Waterville 39-20 for the state title. Hansell ed to the state tournament in 1941.
    Jeanette and her husband Lyle farmed east of Rock Falls for several years.  Following Lyle’s death in 1967, Jeanette moved to Mason City, where she worked making draperies at Weber Carpet Company. For several years she worked at Libby-Owens-Ford Company, Mason City, retiring in 1973.
    Jeanette married Everett D. Friend on Oct. 10, 1973 at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa.
    She was an avid gardener and loved caring for her lawn. She enjoyed baking, horseback riding and fishing. Jeanette’s life was centered on her family, her greatest joy was caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    During her years in Rock Falls, Jeanette was an active member of the Old Stone United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir and taught Bible school.
    She is survived by two daughters, Patricia (Peter) Colman, Urbandale, Iowa, and Debra (J.D.) Nelson, Clear Lake; grandchildren, Tammy (Jim) Foreman, Ankeny, Iowa, Kimberly (Dan) Callahan, Grimes, Iowa, Sara (Andy) Briggs, Chaska, Minn., Andrew (Jill) Nelson, Pella, Iowa, Aaron Nelson, Wichita, Kan.; great-grandchildren, Colman and James Foreman, Kylie and Sierra Callahan, Kenny and Harry Briggs, Jenna, Samuel, Ezekiel, and Jada Nelson; a sister, Bette J. Winters, Marble Rock, Iowa; many nieces and nephews; and Everett’s family, son, Jack (Bev) Friend, Clinton, Iowa; grandchildren, Julie Friend, David (Jamie) Friend, Daniel (Karen) Friend; great-grandchildren, Aidan, Dylan, Colin and Carson.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lyle Moore; her husband, Everett Friend; a brother, John Davis, Jr. and Everett’s son and daughter-in-law, Terry (Winnie) Friend.


Monday, October 12, 2009

John R. Angle, 80, 1506 Willow Place, Clear Lake, died Monday, Oct. 12, 2009 at Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa.  A Celebration of Life service was held Friday, Oct. 16, at the First Congregational Church with the Rev. Michael Nash officiating. Military Honors were provided by the Clear Lake V.F.W.  Internment was at the Linwood Park Cemetery, Boone, Iowa.      John was born Aug. 20, 1929 in Huron, S.D., the son of Walter Lee and Una Mae (DeWitt) Angle.  The family moved to Ames, Iowa when John was a young child.   John graduated from Ames High School in 1948, participating in football, earning all-conference honors, and serving as co-captain of the track team his senior year.  John married Marilyn L. Byerly on Dec. 24, 1950 in Boone. While attending the University of Iowa, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War. After his discharge as Staff Sergeant in 1954, he ed to the University of Iowa and graduated in 1956.   John taught physical education in Webster City from 1956-57.  He taught math and coached junior high football and basketball in Vinton, Iowa from 1957-65. John moved to Clear Lake, teaching junior high math from 1965-1991, when he retired.  He also coached junior high football, boys basketball, wrestling and girls track.  John married Jane S. Crabb on March 27, 1970 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.
     John was an avid Hawkeye fan and enjoyed camping, traveling, biking, golfing, walking, snow skiing and water-skiing. He and Jane made many camping trips to the western states, enjoying the national parks, especially Yellowstone where they “worked” for two summers.  He loved playing with his kids and grandkids, and supporting and attending their activities.  John loved coffee with his buddies at the Backyard Deli. John and Jane spent winters in Arizona where they had many “snowbird” friends.  He was a member of the First Congregational Church, Clear Lake and Benevolence Lodge, Mason City.
     John is survived by his wife, Jane S. Angle, Clear Lake; four children, John P. Angle and his wife, Dorene, Boone, Allan L. Angle and his wife, Julie, Clear Lake, Marilyn C. (Cam) Kline, Clear Lake, and Lynette D. Angle-Smith and her husband, Lee, Naperville, Ill.; eight grandchildren, John (Mandy) Angle, Travis (Theresa) Angle, Shelley Angle, Jeremiah (Sarah) Angle, Elisabeth Angle, Nicholas Angle, Tyler Kline and Casey Smith; six great-grandchildren, Jordan, Jayden, Bryce, Kayla, Josiah and Tyler; a brother, Elmer L. Angle and his wife, Ruth, Ottumwa, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
     John was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Marilyn; his brother, Byron “Pat” Leroy Conyers; and his sister, Margarette Whetstone.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Georgia Diesburg, age 85, of Clear Lake, formerly of Nashua, Iowa, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake.
    A funeral service was held Monday, Oct. 19, at Hugeback and Chenoweth Funeral Home, Nashua with Msgr. Stanley Hayek officiating. Internment was in St. Michaels Cemetery, Nashua.
    Georgia was born Nov. 22, 1923, in Spencer, Iowa, the daughter of Galen and Laura (Crabtree) Rex.  She graduated from Marble Rock High School in 1941, the valedictorian of her class.  She was active in her high school band where she excelled in playing the coronet.  She went on to earn a two year degree from Hamilton Business College in Mason City, Iowa.
    Georgia was united in marriage to Norbert Diesburg at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Nashua.  She spent her early years working in civil service while traveling around the world with her husband during his service in the U.S. Navy.
    Georgia enjoyed time crocheting and was a wonderful cook.  She spent many summer days playing golf with Norbert.  Georgia also enjoyed spending time with her family and especially loved attending family gatherings.
    Georgia is survived by two daughters, Mary (Russell) OKones of Clear Lake, and Shirley (Joe) Souza of Tripoli, Iowa; one son, Garland (Rose) Diesburg of Cedar Falls, Iowa; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Norbert, in 1993; three brothers, Raymond, Richard, and William Rex; one sister, Lillian Nustad; and two granddaughters.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Jeffrey Alan Roe, 53, of 15278 Oakwood Ave., Clear Lake, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at his home.  Jeffrey’s wish was to have his body cremated and no services to take place. 
    Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel is in charge of the cremation servcies.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Charles E. “Chuck” Westendorf., 71, of Clear Lake, died Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at the Mercy Medical Center North Iowa.  Funeral Services were held 1  Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at The Salvation Army, 747 Village Green Drive, S.W., Mason City, Iowa.  Interment was held in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Charles “Chuck” Westendorf memorial fund in care of the family.
    Chuck was born May 3, 1938 in Buffalo Center, Iowa the son of Charles T. and Irma (Kraft) Westendorf-Whitnable.  He attended school in Mason City and graduated in 1957.  He was married to LaVonne Bull on Aug. 18, 1957 at the First Assembly of God Church in Mason City.  He continued his education at North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, Minn., graduating in 1963.  Chuck entered the ministry and lead Assembly of God Congregations in Ellendale, Minn., New Sharon, Iowa, Louisville Ken. and Clinton, Ill. before coming to Mason City where he was currently on the staff of The First Assembly of God in Mason City.  He also worked in insurance sales as a Regional Director for Prudential Insurance.  Chuck touched many lives with his pulpit ministry through Iowa.  He was a natural leader; he was always pulling people together, taking charge and setting things in order.  Chuck had a giving heart for people, local organizations/congregations, and missions. 
    In his free time he enjoyed fishing anywhere, including many trips to Canada and deep sea fishing in the South Seas of China.  He enjoyed spending time outdoors and enjoyed the comradery with his friends and family while hunting and fishing.  Family was important to Chuck and he cherished the time he spent with them and the memories they shared.  He was a “dad” not only to his own children, but to any that needed him.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
    Chuck was survived by his wife, LaVonne, Clear Lake; children, John (Rhonda) Westendorf of Sheffield, Iowa, Jean (Jeff) Jurgens of Clear Lake and Jewell Ressler of Mason City; grandchildren, Taylor Jurgens, Justin Jurgens, Lauren Jurgens, Brandon Westendorf, Trent Ressler and Tarra Ressler; siblings, Robert (Jan) of Mason City, Roger (Audrey) of Worthington, Minn. and Shirley Marlow of Phoenix, Ariz.
    He was preceded in death by his parents.
    Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home and Crematory.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ruth Louise Toppin, 90, Clear Lake, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at the Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake.
     A celebration of life for Ruth was held Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 North 4th Street, Clear Lake, with Reverend Diana Hoover of the United Methodist Church in Clear Lake officiating.  Inurnment was in the Memorial Park Cemetery, Hwy 18 East, Mason City.   
    In lieu of flowers the family of Ruth Toppin has requested that those wishing to give a memorial may wish to consider Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City, or to the United Methodist Church in Clear Lake in her memory.
     Ruth Louise Toppin was born on Feb. 12, 1919 on a farm near New Sharon, Iowa, the daughter of Emery Andrew and Eva Arminta (Hockenberry) Toppin.  Welcoming her home were her brothers; Maurice, Harlan and Paul and sisters; Mildred, Helen, Gertrude and Esther.  At one year of age the family moved to a farm near Blue Earth, Minn., and in 1920, they moved to a farm near Winnebago, Minn.  The family moved to a farm near Clear Lake in 1934 before moving to Montezuma in 1939.  Ruth received her education in the Winnebago Public Schools and also graduated from the Paris Academy of Beauty School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1940.  Ruth began her beauty shop career by managing a shop in Montezuma and then purchased the shop and operated it until 1947.  In 1947, she and her mother moved to Clear Lake where Ruth owned and operated the Unique Beauty Shop until she retired in 1987.
     Ruth was a member of the United Methodist Church in Clear Lake, WA-TAN-Ye, and the Rebecca Lodge.
     Ruth made a loving home for her mother and was an excellent caregiver.  Ruth was a fun-loving person who enjoyed traveling, family and friends.  Ruth was loved by her brothers, sisters and family and will be sadly missed.
     Left to cherish her memory are her loving nieces and nephews, as well as other extended family members and friends.
     She was preceded in death by her mother in 1960, her father in 1947, four brothers; Emery in 1910, Paul and Maurice in 1979, and Harlan in 2002, also preceding her death are her five sisters; infant sister in 1921, Mildred Duncanson in 1933, Helen Wright in 1992, Esther Doolittle in 2002, and Gertrude Clemons in 2007.
     Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Julie Ann Hayden Traub, 67, of Virginia Beach, Va. and formerly of Clear Lake, died peacefully at her home on Oct. 21, 2009.
    A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel, by the Rev. Fred Braswell. Burial will be at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.  Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.             Julie was born in Iowa and was the daughter of the late Robert Hayden and Vera Nadine Kimrey Hayden.
    She was a webmaster and web designer for the Clear Lake High School Alumni.
    Julie is survived by four daughters, Tami Wright, Chesapeake, Teri Vinson and husband, Kevin, of Norfolk, Toby Calise and husband, Joseph, and Tonya Craig and husband, Bill, all of Virginia Beach; seven grandchildren, Kristen, Ashley, Ted, Tony, Will, David and Kevin; and two great-grandchildren, Nikolas and Kaleb.
    Julie was preceded in death by her husband, David Earl Traub.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Harold Louis Bartling, 76, of 210 Mars Hill Dr., Clear Lake, died after a short and courageous battle with cancer Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 in Mason City, Iowa.
    Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Dennis Ganz officiating.  Inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, with military honors by the Clear Lake V.F.W.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.  Family suggests memorials to Hospice of North Iowa.
     Harold was born Oct. 31, 1932 in Denver, Iowa the son of Charles F. and Bertha (Heidemann) Bartling.  He attended school in Denver.
     He served stateside in the United State Army from 1954-1956.
     Harold married Frances Bolt Oct. 8, 1954 at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa.
     They moved to Clear Lake in 1956 and worked for his brother-in-law Harold Chaney, Chaney Plumbing and Heating for over 30 years.  During this time he and his wife also owned and operated Melodee Lanes from 1969-1977.  In 1990 he started working for Lake Plumbing and Heating until he retired in 1994.
     He was inducted into the Clear Lake Bowling Hall of Fame in 1979.  He enjoyed bowling, fishing, golfing, watching game shows, listening to country music, gambling, spending time with his family and his very special friends, Jerry Faber and Terri and Ron Gustin.
     He is survived by his four sons; Kevin Bartling, Eldora, Iowa, Ken Bartling and his wife, Denise, Garner, Iowa, Brian Bartling, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Brad Bartling and his wife, Renee, Rockford, Iowa; nine grandchildren Jayna, Stephen, Hayley, Justin, Jeremy, Katrina, Jake, Ryan and Rebecca; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marie Chaney, Lady Lake, Fla. and Mildred Cook, Waterloo, Iowa and his loyal companion, Lucky.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two brothers, Edwin and Elmer Bartling; and two brother-in-laws, Harold Chaney and Harlan Cook.
     Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Our patriarch and friend, Ervin D. Jaspersen, was called home Sunday, Oct. 25, following a brief illness.  His life was celebrated Saturday, Oct. 31, Living Faith Lutheran Church, Clive Iowa.  Burial followed in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Indianola, Iowa.
    The third of 12 children born to Chris and Ingeborg (Strandskov) Jaspersen, Erv grew up on the family farm and learned the love of God and His earth from his strong Christian upbringing.  While early days were spent in farming and dairying, his ambitions leaned to helping people.  Nutrition and health have been his passion and, as an entrepreneur, he successfully developed organic farming and nutritional health businesses.  
    Best known for his optimistic attitude and cheerful smile, Erv’s greatest joy was giving to others.  Following the death of his wife, Velma, he joined the Dahl’s Food team at the 35th and Ingersoll location in Des Moines, Iowa.  He enjoyed the multitude of friends he made at Dahl’s and the opportunity to share uplifting thoughts to brighten everyone’s day.  The Des Moines Register captured his spirit on the front page of their March 16th edition showing the typical greeting he exchanged with customers.
    Erv loved to travel and share the beauty of God’s world.  He was especially proud of taking more than 1,000 people to Hawaii over 16 years while working in the organic farming business.  He visited all 50 U.S. states, most every country in Europe as well as Canada, Mexico, Russia, Egypt, Australia and New Zealand.
    Surviving Erv are his daughter, Judy (Lew) Boehnke; step-daughter, Jan (Dean) Scheffert; step-son, John (Caryll) Marsh; 12 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; four brothers and two sisters.  
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma; daughter, Joan Saville; his parents; four brothers; one sister; one grandson; and three great-grandchildren.
    Erv’s legacy to his adoring family and many friends is that it is more blessed to give than to receive, and he began each day, even his last, saying, “Lord, this is the day that YOU have made.  I will rejoice, and I will be glad in it!”  Ervin, you will be missed by many.  We’ll see you at the top!
    Online condolences may be sent at www.overtonfunerals.com.